Castel Sant'Elmo
Castel Sant'Elmo
4.5
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,065 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice castle with a view
    Enjoyed the castle probably more than the ones at sea level. Bit of climb up the stairs to reach castle but if you take your time it’s fine, only about 5 euros entrance to its worth it. Castle itself is very well maintained and less busier than other castles so all good, but the views are the real winner best photo spot for overlooking Naples.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Fairycakes
    108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular views
    Definitely come up here, you get the best view of the city and port. Just be aware that the ticket office only takes cash and nearest cashpoint is 600m away downhill. If you rock up like us and don't have cash you can buy tickets online and show the reference at the ticket office. Kids go free. Really enjoyed our visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • ram88doc
    Navarre, Florida347 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views
    At the top of Vomero hill you will find Castle Sant’Elmo. There are two locations, Via Toledo and Montesanto where you can ride the funicular to the top of the hill. It is about a 10-minute walk from the Toledo funicular stop and a 5 minute walk from Montesanto. Entry to the castle is 6 euros per person cash only. The views of the city and surrounding area are amazing from here. Unfortunately, due to the wild fires it was very hazy and we could not see the volcano. There is a large clock with blade-like hands that does not keep time but spins alternating in both directions. There also is a restaurant in the castle and some public bathrooms that were not well maintained.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 8, 2023
  • SteveDennin
    Enschede, The Netherlands1,725 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing view!
    Very nice view! Quite a lot of walking, but worth it! Make sure you went to the toilet before you head here though. Most are out of toilet paper and as with almost EVERY other public places, all the toilets do not have seats to sit on.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Jet27858528885
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressed
    A really impressive castle and well worth visiting. It is so massive and looks absolutely impregnable. Would be good if they could also show you the old prison or dungeons. Like most things in Naples we couldn't get in to see some of the normally open areas but there was no work going on
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Wez74
    Aldershot, United Kingdom426 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Naples Vista
    Visited here on a Friday morning whilst in Naples. We took the funicular railway up from the city centre and there was a little bit of a queue to get tickets although no one checks them! It's an impressive vantage point, arguably the best in Naples to see the city, bay, Mount Vesuvius and beyond. The fortress itself isn't that interesting, there's a few storyboards dotted around explaining some of the history, but the majority of people no doubt visit just to take in the great views. There's a cafe at the top but the toilets were a bit grim. It was only €6 to get in so from that aspect it's good value to spend a couple of hours. If ever you're doing a visit Naples, I would definitely recommend you should add it to your itinery,
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • evonwise17
    Windsor, United Kingdom204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Panoramic views in a medieval setting
    You came here on the last evening of my 2 week adventure in Naples and Campania. I was tired after a full day of sightseeing and took the funicolare up to the Castello. I was instantly re-energised on arrival! The building itself is impressive (although as a visitor you are not permitted entry to the castle itself). To get to the viewing platform on the castle’s roof you walk up the ancient stairs and ramparts allowing sneak peeks of city and the bay of Naples. The panoramic views from the rooftop are breathtaking! Well worth the visit and a fabulous last sunset of my holiday!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Andreas067
    Rhodes Town, Greece207 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    BEST ATTRACTION IN NAPOLI
    Probably the best attraction in Napoli. The views are amazing from the tops, easy to find and go with the funicular and the walk inside the castle is priceless. You will see the whole city as well as Pompeii and the volcano.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 20, 2023
  • Melanie T
    New York City, New York6,677 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    €5 tickets
    During my Italy research, I read the Castel Sant’ Elmo will give you a great view of the Bay of Naples. I pre-purchased tickets online for €5, which turned out to be unnecessary because 1. You still have to wait on the regular line to show them your ticket (but the line was only a few people deep) 2. It was pretty empty for a Saturday at 1. I have a feeling the castle isn’t as popular because you can get a similar view of the bay for free right next to the castle. Although I would say the view from the castle is better because you can go higher, and there are no roads/trees blocking the view. There really isn’t much to see inside the grounds so it’s just more for the view itself. We ended up spending about an hour there just walking around and taking pictures. For €5, I think it’s worth it. If I had to pay anything more than that, I would probably just opt for the free view.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 8, 2024
  • Michael K
    San Jose, California1,108 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive view from the castle
    The castle is very impressive looking on the outside but the best part is the view of the surrounding area including the city of Naples, the Bay, Mt. Vesuvius, and Capri in the distance. You can take the funicular up here, but finding your way to the castle is a bit challenging since the signs are sketchy.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2024
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Oya O
70 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Wanted to visit it, but for some reason the lady at the front desk said we can't get in and should return another day. It was a rainy foggy midweek morning at the end of November. If they don't have enough tickets available during these times, what do they do in summer?
Written December 1, 2021
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Jackie C
Peterborough, UK469 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We caught the funicular up to visit this castle as it is presides over the city of Naples. The views are amazing. It takes about 2-3 hours to walk around and we’ll worth a visit. There is the castle and battlements to walk around. we took some water with us as we were not sure if refreshments would be available. There are toilets here. The building next door is a Monastery
Written April 15, 2020
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Wez74
Aldershot, UK426 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Visited here on a Friday morning whilst in Naples. We took the funicular railway up from the city centre and there was a little bit of a queue to get tickets although no one checks them!

It's an impressive vantage point, arguably the best in Naples to see the city, bay, Mount Vesuvius and beyond. The fortress itself isn't that interesting, there's a few storyboards dotted around explaining some of the history, but the majority of people no doubt visit just to take in the great views. There's a cafe at the top but the toilets were a bit grim. It was only €6 to get in so from that aspect it's good value to spend a couple of hours.

If ever you're doing a visit Naples, I would definitely recommend you should add it to your itinery,
Written October 19, 2023
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Barb L
Dunedin, New Zealand506 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Catching the funicular is all part of the experience. We chose the option of walking up the Castle driveway rather than using the lift and were not disappointed. The views over Naples are outstanding.

At the top there is a gallery/museum and the work on display when we were there was varied. I wouldn’t visit expecting the concept of a castle like you get in the UK but for the views it is certainly worth it.
Written January 14, 2020
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Angie S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
As we had a weekly travel card we got the funicular train up to the castle. The path is a ramp up to the castle walls. The view of Naples and surrounding area is really great. It was definitely worth going. Only let down was the coffee in the cafe at the top, over priced for a tiny glass of warm milky froth with no taste.
Written June 2, 2022
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Samantha Loveday
United Kingdom74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Fab view!

We got the funicular up the hill which was easy and then walked around to the Castle. It’s still an up hill walk for quite a bit and isn’t fully accessible.

We got the European 18-25 tickets so only cost €2 each. Normal tickets are €5 but it’s also cheaper after 4pm.

The Castle itself is rundown but really you are there to see the view. The view is stunning and you get to see all sides of Naples from the bay to residential region, to the CBD and mount Vesuvius.

It was great to go just before sunset as you could see it in daylight, sunset and night.

It wasn’t too crowded here and there were plenty of times you could take photos or just stand without being in other people’s way. There is not anywhere to sit and see the view comfortably. Nor is there any shade. There are toilets and a bar/cafe.

Overall would definitely recommend a trip here, it’s worth the time & money.
Written January 30, 2023
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Rebecca
65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The place to go for views of Naples. The castle itself is imposing due to the size of it. Unfortunately you can’t look around the castle more. At the top though you get 360 panoramic views of Naples which were fantastic. Vomero itself was also lovely to visit and can be reached easily by the Metro (recommend getting off at each of the flagged artistic stops on the network). Beware the toilets are right at the top of the castle after approx a 15 minute walk.
Written May 22, 2023
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Polo M
Paris, France477 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Entrance admission was only €3 and virtually no line. You walk over the ramps and up the castle walls (no stairs). Along the way, you'll see placards with information about the castle and events from history.
The top of the castle offers great views of the city and you can see the sea. It's great to walk around the whole perimeter.
Note, however, the bathrooms are not very good and a lot of them were broken, so be aware.
Overall, great if you're nearby.
Written October 9, 2020
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Vladko_visnovsky
Brno, Czech Republic39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The castle is very nice. For me it was astonishing how people built defensive mechanism that well. And of course view from the top of the castle was amazing, you can see whole city and watch places you have visited on the way. Absolutely recommend this trip, it’s worth
Written February 9, 2020
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Granddad
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Visited first on a windy, rainy day and found that the castle was closed to visitors due to the dangerous conditions, so returned a few days later when the weather was more suitable and we had a few hours to fill in. The views over the Gulf of Naples from the ramparts is superb, probably the best overall view of the city. There were some fairly steep roads within the castle which shouldn't be beyond anybody with a reasonable standard of fitness. The coffee shop does a good coffee and has a nice selection of pastries.
Written November 27, 2022
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